Danny Pearman is in his first season as the Maryland tight ends/special teams coach, joining the staff in January.
Pearman, who has coached in 15 bowl games, including two Division I-A national championship games, has experience as a player and coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Pearman spent the 2007 season at Duke University where he coached tight ends and oversaw special teams.
Last season, the Blue Devils improved in four of five special teams categories from 2006.
Duke ended 2007 ranked No. 26 nationally in kickoff return yardage defense, while Jabari Marshall was third in the ACC in kickoff returns (24.6 ypr).
Pearman coached defensive ends and assisted with special teams at the University of North Carolina in 2006. During that year, Connor Barth was a perfect 10-for-10 in field goal attempts, Brandon Tate was second in the ACC in punt returns and the Tar Heels' kickoff return yardage defense was 14th nationally.
Prior to those two stops, he spent eight years (1998-2005) at Virginia Tech, serving as the Hokies' tight ends/offensive tackles coach. He also assisted Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer with special teams. Beamer is renowned as one of the top special teams coaches in the nation.
Pearman helped lead the Hokies to eight consecutive bowl games and coached in the 1999 national championship game (Sugar Bowl) against Florida State. During Tech's march to the national title game, Pearman's tight ends caught 17 passes, 16 of which went for first downs.
In addition, Pearman mentored Jeff King, an All-ACC tight end who was a fifth-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in the 2006 NFL Draft, as well as Bob Slowikowski, a tight end selected in the sixth round by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002.
Pearman, who played tight end at Clemson, also coached at the University of Alabama from 1990 through 1997, which included a national title in 1992 and five other bowl games appearances.
After helping guide the Crimson Tide to a national championship victory over Miami, he contributed to Alabama winning Southeastern Conference Western Division titles the next four years.
Pearman was a graduate assistant at Alabama for two years, and then served as coach of the offensive tackles from 1991 to 1996. He coached the defensive tackles and special teams in 1997.
Pearman won three letters as a tight end at Clemson from 1983 through 1987. In his playing days, he was named a strength and conditioning All-American. He helped the Tigers win two ACC football championships.
Following graduation, Pearman began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Tigers in 1988 and 1989. The Tigers won the ACC championship again in 1988 and went to bowl games in both of Pearman's seasons.
In all, Pearman has coached in 10 bowl game wins -- 1989 Gator, 1991 Blockbuster, 1993 Sugar, 1993 Gator, 1995 Citrus, 1996 Outback, 1998 Music City, 2001 Gator and 2003 San Francisco.
The native of Charlotte, N.C., has a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's in business administration, both from Clemson.
Pearman and his wife, Kristy, have three children - a daughter, Taylor, and two sons, Tanner and Trent.
The Pearman File:
PersonalDate of Birth: Feb. 17, 1965
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Alma Mater: Clemson, 1987
2008-pr.: Assistant Coach - Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends & H-Backs
2007: Assistant Coach - Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends
2006: Assistant Coach - Special Teams Assistant/Defensive Ends
1998-05: Assistant Coach - Tight Ends/Off. Tackles/Special Teams Assistant
1997: Assistant Coach - Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Tackles
1991-96: Assistant Coach - Special Teams Coordinator/Offensive Tackles
1990: Graduate Assistant Coach
1988-89: Graduate Assistant - Linebackers
1984-87: Tight End
Recruiting AreasWestern Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia